The Bookshelf, 206 N. Main St., will host Grant Overstake, Troy Koehne and Marci Penner as they sign their books from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday during McPherson’s Shop the Night Away event.

During Shop the Night Away, stores will remain open until 10 p.m. in downtown McPherson. The event includes family, theme-based activities and numerous food options. There will be a drawing for a $500 shopping spree, a free movie at the McPherson Opera House and entertainment for the whole family.

Grant Overstake

Grant Overstake will sign copies of the nationally acclaimed novel, “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.” His novel has been praised for its inspirational message, authentic sports scenes, and realistic depiction of life on a traditional family farm. The story features Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from fictional Grain Valley, Kan., who overcomes family tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole vaulter.

“So few Kansas authors write about our mid-western youth,” Linda Rounds of The Bookshelf said. “Grant writes straight from the heart about a quest that so many of us Kansans have followed.”

A drawing will be conducted at Overstake's book signing for free copies of his novel. The grand prize winner will win a free adventure at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club. One girl or boy will be granted free admission to the Tailwind Pole-Vault Camp in August at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club in Jamestown, Kan.

To learn more about Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, visit

Troy Koehne

Hutchinson-based author Troy Koehne will sign copies of his book, “The Mission House.”

A synopsis of the book is as follows: What is a loving God to do if you will not turn to him? Would someone you love have to die? Would a gun have to be put to your head? How far would God have to go to get your attention?

Tom spends much of his time at school harassing his classmate Jennifer about her strong faith in God. Eventually, she can't brush off his comments any longer, but instead of retaliating with cruelty, she dares Tom to read his Bible. That stormy afternoon, Tom is caught walking home in the rain. In anger, he dares God to prove he exists, only to remain drowning in doubts when he doesn't receive an immediate answer. But it's only a matter of time before Tom sees the Truth. Follow Tom as God opens up to him in a dream revealing the horrors of sin and consequences of refusing Jesus. Awake, Tom is faced with Milard, his mother's new boyfriend, and advocate of Satan. Will Tom turn to God and trust in him before it's too late?

Marci Penner

Inman resident Marci Penner will sign copies of her book, “The 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.” The work is a 272-page book filled with more than 800 photos of the 216 entries in the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests. It is certain to become a treasured Kansas classic whether it's used as a coffee table book or as a travel guide.

Marci has worked with all 216 entries to compile background information, location, contacts, websites and hours to make this spiral-bound book a handy tool when exploring Kansas.